Tag Archives: Estate Planning


10 Things You Should Know When Estate Planning (Ep.49)

There will eventually come a time when you pass away but that doesn’t mean you should wait until then to start building a comprehensive estate plan.

In this episode, Jeff Green and Lauren Smith discuss 10 things you should know about estate planning and will be your guide to making confident decisions about your estate planning.

Jeff and Lauren discuss:

  • How an estate planning attorney can help you
  • The value of using an online cloud-based digital storage to store important documents
  • Why it is important to consider who you are assigning as your beneficiaries
  • And more

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Raymond James and its advisors do not offer legal advice. You should discuss any legal matters with the appropriate professional.


College Planning Using a 529 Plan With Ryan White, CIMA® (Ep.47)

Most people can agree that they’re concerned about college education planning and ultimately paying for the cost of college.

A 529 plan is a great tool in helping you reach your education savings goal.

In this episode, Jeff Green and Lauren Smith talk with Ryan White, CIMA® a director of product management at Columbia Threadneedle Investments, US. You will learn why a 529 plan is a simple way to save for all educational related expenses, and what your three options are if you still have money in your 529 account after college.

Ryan discusses:

  • The basics of 529 planning
  • How a FAFSA will calculate your eligibility for financial aid
  • The opportunities for tax benefits that set a 529 apart from other vehicles
  • And more

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About Our Guest:

Ryan White, CIMA®, is an experienced financial services professional with a demonstrated history of success in distribution, product management, and relationship management in the asset management industry.

As with other investments, there are generally fees and expenses associated with participation in a 529 plan. There is also a risk that these plans may lose money or not perform well enough to cover college costs as anticipated. Most states offer their own 529 programs, which may provide advantages and benefits exclusively for their residents. Investors should consider, before investing, whether the investor’s or the designated beneficiary’s home state offers any tax or other benefits that are only available for investment in such state’s 529 college savings plan. Such benefits include financial aid, scholarship funds, and protection from creditors. The tax implications can vary significantly from state to state.



Sharing Your Financial Documentation with Family (Ep. 39)

You may have a pretty good handle on your finances. But have you shared that information with your family? 

In this episode, Jeff Green and Lauren Smith talk about suggestions for documenting the details of your finances so your family can access this information in case of an emergency. They share tips for ways to share this information, and explain why you should be having this conversation before it’s too late.

Jeff and Lauren discuss: 

  • The purpose of the ‘family phone call’
  • The helpful resource of a cloud-based vault and the ability to designate trusted contacts
  • The importance of writing down contact information to your; financial advisor, estate attorney etc.
  • Why you should be having the estate planning conversation with family
  • And more


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